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Two minutes with Axel Ågren...

Axel Ågren

...who is studying the master’s programme Society and Welfare Studies. Axel is taking part as programme coordinator and volunteer at the world conference of social work and social development, which is being held in Stockholm on 8-12 July.

What sort of conference is it?
It’s being arranged by three large international organisations focusing on social work and social development. One of the organisations is mainly geared towards students and teachers, another is focused on social work, and the third is engaged in social equality and justice. These three organisations have joined forces for the conference. This is the second time the conference is being arranged. In 2010 it was held in Hong Kong. The aim of the conference is to highlight the significance of social work in relation to different types of global and local challenges.”

What issues will be addressed?
“The conference has three themes. The first of these is Human rights and social equality, the second is Environmental changes and sustainable development, and the third is global change and action.
One of the main goals is for us to continue working with the agenda established at the Hong Kong conference, which deals with the development of methods for practice and research in social work and social politics.”

How many participants are you expecting?
“So far 2,200 participants from 106 countries have registered. Several LiU researchers including researchers from the Division of Social Work will participate. There will be a series of workshops, and more than 1,500 papers have been submitted – from how social issues are tackled in Tanzania and how the Arab Spring has affected people to social work in connection with environmental disasters like floods and earthquakes.”

Besides being on the programme committee, you’re going to be a volunteer during the conference. What does a volunteer do?
“There are lots of different tasks. You show people from all over the world how to get about, taking charge of the technology if you know how, helping out with registration and act as host for the main speakers. Some LiU students will be volunteers, yet more are needed, in case anyone has the time and inclination.”

Related Links

Conference: Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact.  
Department of Social and Welfare Studies  

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